Tuesday, February 12, 2019

6 Models + Chimera Project Idea








(These are just basic ideas with no firm idea how it would look like just yet. I just wanted to write down what came to mind so I wouldn't forget.)

Chimera project ideas:

  • I was thinking of a kind of woodland creature. Maybe something with a human face with snake hair or antlers. I was liking the idea of combining predator and prey and show a struggle. 
  • Another idea would be a cross between a human, octopus, and one other sea creature. 
  • Another idea would be giving wings to an animal that can't fly. Maybe a baby combined with a dangerous animal. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Week 4

By looking at my prototype, I already saw a few things I had to fix. The model had to be scaled down when printed, so I will have to scale the whole model down some at the very end. I first hollowed out the inside of the crown. I saw that the model was not completely centered, so I went in the settings and moved separate parts very carefully. I made the dog bone bigger in the model as it felt small and fragile in the prototype. As much as I sanded the dog bone, the pieces of support were still visible but smooth. I will need to take in consideration how I will orient the model in Makerbot.

Now for additions to the model, I still need to add (for the lack of a better term) the “arches” in the crown. I have been playing around in the sculpt tool and almost have the shape I want. I will also add spheres on the edges of the arches. I am still trying to figure out how to make gems in Fusion360 for the dog paw pads. If I can not make it work, I have two other backup plans. I added two holes in the model for a place for an elastic band for the crown to stay on the head of the dog.

Edit: 02-03-19

As I write this part of the update, my oldest dog was put down the night before. It's been a very hard weekend for me. My crown is almost done, but difficult to work on during this time. I may add a little part of him in my crown. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Project 1 Prototype Photos







Week 3 Reading

In "What the Theory" video Tom Nicholas explains that Semiotics is the study of "signs." He says, "A sign is something that stands in for something else." Words, pictures, and physical movements can all be classified as a sign since it can all be used to describe one thing without that thing being physically there. Signs are broken up into two terms the "Signifier" and the "Signified." "The 'Signifier' is the thing that does the standing in for something else." "The 'Signified' is the thing or the idea the person is trying to invoke." So that means the signifier stands in for the signified. The whole purpose with signs is communication. We do not realize how much we use signs everyday. It is very important for artist when making art, as artist must convey their ideas to viewers.

Paola Antonelli made a video about critical design. Critical design is more than just making something pretty. She says design make us think "what if". The designs she was showing from Foragers definitely hit the idea of "what if" while also having an artistic aspect. With all the examples she showed, all the examples link back to sensitivity. Critical design gives a purpose to think further in our projects. Why think of something that's pretty, when you can give something a purpose that can help others? By thinking critically with our designs, it blends the world of marketing and creativity.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Week 2 Reading

We live in an age where technology is easily assessable and right at our finger tips. 3D printing has made an explosion for people to bring their creativity in front of you. It has made big breakthroughs in medicine in making prosthetics, starting to show up in fashion and engineering. It is starting to become big in the art world.

3D printing is bringing something new to the table. RepRap and Makerbot are companies that has opened doors to allow anyone to create. Before 3D printers were very expensive and mostly owned by companies, only big companies were able to buy these expensive 3D printers. Both RepRap and Makerbot allowed people to take on 3D printing at an affordable price.

With these companies help, 3D printers are starting to become easier to obtain. So now places like schools, studios, and medical facilities can use this technology to test the limits of their imagination. Soon enough 3D printers may even become common household appliance, just like normal printers.

Project 1 Rough Draft & Discussion

Base for crown progress.
Paw pad design. I will probably need to find a way to connect it so it will actually 3D print but haven’t thought of a way yet.
Dog Bone. Another shape that will go on the crown. I will probably play around with rotating or creating a support for the dog bone to sit on the crown.


Reference photos


For this project I want to make a crown for a dog. It will be a smaller size since it is meant for a dog. I like the design for king crowns so I'm basing the design with that. Also all of my dogs are male, so I thought that fit well too. Instead of crosses and other symbols found on crowns, I will use dog bones and paw pads. I was thinking the dog bone will be the top part of the crown, and the paw pads would be gems along the base of the crown. I will have to play around to figure out the geometry for making gems, and I will have to think carefully about supports for parts of the crown that will have no support under it.

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Art has always been intriguing for people. Artists paint their imagination on their canvas for everyone to have a glimpse into their mind and how they see the world. As time goes by, demand for an artist's craft increases, and replication becomes easier.

Original art is highly valuable, yet it can be replicated. The Mona Lisa is very valuable since it was the original made by Leonardo da Vinci. Da Vinci is no longer around to make another copy so it is priceless. However, it can be replicated, but not worth the same price.

Benjamin Walter talks about how the aura in art started to become lost with mechanical reproduction. Aura is the sense of what makes an original piece of art special. Photography and film is where it becomes lost. He believed that since it is an image of an image, there is no aura about it. There would be no originality to a photo or film. A painting on the other hand does have an aura about it. It remains original.

We now live in an era where we can have access to anything by a small box in our hand. Information can be sent easily through the internet. Artist have a wider range to spread their art, which also leads to more mass production.

Digital art work is popular to send on the internet. There are artists that make a living by doing art commission for people. However, this may lose originality in the way that it can be mass produced easily. Films and photography can be seen as original in this age, but not in the sense Walter thinks of original. Film is probably seen more as entertainment more than art by the public.

I think contemporary art still may have the same notion of originality and aura as Walter describes. Traditional art still maintains originality and aura. Other forms of contemporary art is a matter of opinion. The term "original" can be used differently this age, but aura can still be present in some art.